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Evening of Jump, Jive, and Swing! - Avon Lake High School
Evening of Jump, Jive, and Swing! April 20th at Avon Lake High School
On Friday, April 20th, at 7 PM, Avon Lake will host a jazz festival that will include the Avon Lake Jazz Ensemble, Learwood Jazz Band, Bay High School Jazz Band, and the Brookside High School Jazz Band. The guest band will be "Swing City" featuring big band and vocal favorites from the American Song Book of Miller, Sinatra, Darin, Fitzgerald, and more. The concert admission is $6 and $3 for students/seniors.
This is the first time that the Swing City Big Band will perform with the Avon Lake Jazz Ensemble. We have performed with other professional jazz bands in the area including the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Cleveland Jazz
Heritage Orchestra, and the TOPS Swing Band. Over the years, we have shared the stage with a number of guest artists including Greg Banaszak, sax; Peter Dominguez, bass; Tom Fries, drums; and Dave Kasper, sax and flute.
While searching for a professional group to come to our festival this year, Dale Hildebrand, Brookside Band Director, suggested the Swing City Big Band. Dale plays trombone in their band. In addition to Swing City, high school jazz bands will be performing, including Bay Village, Brookside, and Avon Lake. The Learwood Middle School Jazz Band will also perform.
Mr. Eddleman started the Avon Lake Jazz Ensemble in 2005 as an after school group and in 2009 jazz band was offered as a class. About half of the band members can fit the class into their schedules. During class, we learn about jazz styles, interpretation, and improvisation. The other half of the band members meet with us once a week for an after school rehearsal. The band is a popular and active group, performing at events in the schools and around the community."
Swing City will feature vocalists Peggy Gibbons,
Ray Ewers, and Cindy Smith. The band leader is Terry Kitchen.
Song List for Swing
I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo
And All That Jazz
Mr. Zoot Suit
Over The Rainbow
Till You Come Back To Me
As Long As I'm Singing
Baby, Get Lost
Cheek To Cheek
Save The Last Dance For
FINALE: God Bless The U.S.A.
(Combined Swing City and the Avon Lake Jazz Ensemble)
|Where||Avon Lake High School 175 Avon Belden Rd, Avon Lake, OH 44012 (Performing Arts Center)|
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More About Avon Lake High School
Avon Lake High School is part of the award-winning school system that serves the city.
The school, which sits on an impressive campus with access from both Avon Belden Road and Electric Boulevard, earned U.S. News and World Report's Silver Award for the years 2006-2009 and in Newsweek's Top 1,500 U.S. High Schools in 2009 and 2010. The school consistently is rated "excellent" by the Ohio Board of Education.
Avon Lake High School boasts success in the academic, athletic, service and music arenas. Approximately 90 percent of graduating seniors move on to two- or four-year colleges.
AP classes are offered in math, science, English, social studies, French, Spanish, music theory and studio art.
The high school enjoys one of the best music programs in the country, which includes their award-winning Chorale, Symphonic Band, Marching Shoremen, and a renowned 16-member a cappella ensemble called the Merples.
The high school maintains a strong athletic program. The football team has won more than 20 conference championships. The 1994 girls basketball team, 1986 and 1988 girls cross country teams and the 2003 football team have won Ohio state championships. Students are regularly recruited to Div. I and Div. III college athletic programs.
In the early to mid-2000s, the high school underwent a major expansion, including the addition of a state-of-the-art performing arts center that regularly hosts community events, including Cleveland Pops concerts. In 2010, Memorial Stadium received major upgrades including additional seating, new turf, restrooms, locker rooms and track.
Dr. Joanie Walker is the school principal. Jim Beatty and T. J. Ebert serve as assistant principals.